K.W. asks from Decatur, GA on November 15, 2006
Having Headaches While Pregnant
I am four months pregnant and I have at least 2 headaches aday. Sometimes, I have them after I eat and sometimes I have them in the middle of the night while I am sleeping. I called my doctor and they told me to take tylenol and to check my blood pressure. My blood pressure seems to be normal. However, I can't understand why I keep having these headaches. Is this normal during the second trimester? Is it okay to take tylenol everday? Has anyone else experienced this problem?
M.W. answers from Columbus on November 22, 2006
I had severe headaches while I was pregnant. I ended up in the emergency room once. They gave me a prescription for a stronger medicine that I could take while I was pregnant. Fortunately they stopped once I had my baby.
A.Z. answers from Savannah on November 15, 2006
Hi K., I wanted to share with you that I had TERRIBLE Headaches with my first child (boy) and the doctor proscribed me Fioricet. It helped and I continued to take it with my second child also (girl). I do still have headaches frequently and I haven't been back on fioricet yet but I have been taking Excedrin (not pregnant). Check with you OB he/she can help you and if you don't get help you may want to look at what your eating because many people get headaches from eating grain,wheat, or certain foods. you may need to start an elimination diet. Re-introduce foods one at a time. Good Luck I hope this helps. A. www.happykidsworkinhomemom.net
S.A. answers from Grand Rapids on November 17, 2006
I am the mother of 4 children. I rememeber when I was pregnant with my first one, I use to get headaches a lot in the first 4 - 5 months. Nothing was ever said from my doctor to why I had gotten them. I know of other people who experienced a lot of headaches during their preganancies as well. Maybe suggest this again to the Doctor on your next visit, start a log of them so the doctor can see how often you are getting them. Hope this helps.
D.C. answers from Iowa City on November 15, 2006
I had headaches during my recent pregnancy, mostly around the fourth month. I was also receommended to take tylenol by my doctor. I also found taking frequent breaks from my computer at work to walk around and remove myself from the glare of the screen helped. Sometimes I would apply a cool washcloth overmy face and sit in a dark room. Also, check your hair. My headaches intensified when I wore my hair pulled back in a ponytail.
yes, it's normal. Tylenol is okay as long as you follow the directions on the package and from your doctor.
K.S. answers from Macon on November 15, 2006
A.D. answers from Jackson on November 16, 2006
Hi, K., I had headaches alot during my last pregnancy. My doctor assured me that REGULAR tylenol was fine to take as needed. I still tried to avoid taking it, but this resulted in severe headaches for me. At your next visit, talk with your dr about how often you are needing to take tylenol. Good luck in your pregnancy!!
L.D. answers from Nashville on November 16, 2006
I am twenty three weeks and during my third and fourth months I was constantly getting headaches especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Tylenol helped a little but it didnt always get rid of them. This is normal for some people from what Im told. I should eventually go away. This month I havent had any. knocking on wood though. It's my first pregnancy as well.
J.H. answers from Atlanta on November 15, 2006
Hey, I had horrible headaches 24/7 and i took the tylenol as much as the dr said i could, it would take the edge off but never really away.....some people just cant take the changes your body has to go through and what not......but my ob told me that a majority of women get them, and there isnt really anything to do for them and there not a sign of what is or isnt to come.....everyone is different, and if you have more problems then that then ask your ob to send you to a high risk ob or a specialist.......but good luck